Heavy rainfall in September made that month the wettest in New Mexico history. The prolonged monsoon season pleased residents who've become habituated to drought, winter and its expected low precipitation will be disappointing.
Many pages of the audit released by the state Attorney General's office were partially or fully redacted. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government posted the full document online. http://nmfog.org/uploads/PressRelease/cf6b22f5312b412198762483474b1435/PCG_Redacted_Audit_Report.pdf
A portion of an audit released Friday by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office with many details blacked out shed little light on why the state froze Medicaid payments to 15 New Mexico behavioral health providers.
SpaceX has announced that the testing of their vertical take off and landing rocket at Spaceport America could begin as early as December. The vehicle, named the Grasshopper, has been in development in Texas and took it’s final test flight there earlier this month.
SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell made the announcement earlier this week in Las Cruces at an annual commercial spaceflight conference.
About a year ago UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah asked his blog readers, “How do we keep UNM students from dropping out because of financial need, in the face of current and future cuts in state and federal financial aid?”
Gov. Susana Martinez says evidence found at a New Mexico youth ranch for troubled kids corroborates allegations by current and former students of abuse. But the governor did not say why the agency that has licensing authority over juvenile justice facilities didn't take action sooner.
Albuquerque was recently the third stop on an 11-city, nation-wide tour of the original Star Wars movie dubbed in Navajo.
The downtown KiMo Theater was nearly packed with an almost entirely Native audience. Navajo speakers who are Star Wars enthusiasts were drawn into the translation and the humor.
Surprisingly, many at the screening had never seen the film before. “I thought it was hilarious,” Arlene said. “You know, some of the words we didn't know and I've never watched Star Wars before but seeing it in Navajo is, ya know… I liked it.”
New research is taking a look at how childhood trauma can alter the development of the brain, sometimes with lasting effects that can carry into adulthood. KUNM’s Public Health reporter Deborah Martinez has the details of Dr. Elaine Bearer’s work to stop the cycle of kids “acting out” before they grow up.
University of New Mexico Professor Elaine Bearer’s research on mice suggests early childhood trauma might interfere with normal changes in the brains of children. She and her team are also studying the stress a premature baby endures.
Ground was broken on the $93 million renovation of the Paseo Del Norte-Interstate 25 interchange on September 5th, but you may not have noticed. Tuesday that will change. Overnight on October 14th barricades will go up and lanes will be blocked as construction shifts into high gear.
According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation the following closures will be in effect by 6 a.m.:
· Westbound Paseo Del Norte will be reduced to two lanes from just before I-25 to the railroad tracks about half a mile west of Jefferson.
In June, Deleana Other Bull was laid off. She lost her insurance, and turned to the Indian Health Service for her needs.
“I recently had a miscarriage, and it was very devastating for me,” said Other Bull. “Going and following up and making sure that everything is okay. It was really scary because I didn’t have insurance.”
2 Hurt When Balloon Hits Power Line In New Mexico - Associated Press
Officials have identified the two men hospitalized with burns and injuries after a balloon in Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta hit a power line yesterday morning. Police in Rio Rancho say 59-year-old Mark Kilgore, of Albuquerque, was the pilot. They say 66-year-old Daniel Lovato, a passenger, was shocked when he reached out to free the gondola from power lines.
NM AG Says Abortion Ban Unenforceable - Associated Press
Nuclear Labs In New Mexico Prepare For Shutdown - Associated Press, The Albuquerque Journal, and The Los Alamos Monitor
Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are preparing to shut down by Oct. 21 and furlough of most of their 18,000 workers if Congress does not reach a deal to end the federal government's partial shutdown.
A municipal ballot initiative seeking to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has turned Albuquerque into the latest battleground in the abortion debate. The measure goes before voters in just over a month.
KUNM's Carrie Jung explored the potential impacts of the initiative and checked in with the campaigns on both sides of the issue.
Redistricting set Issac Benton (D) and Roxanna Meyers (R) up to compete for the District 2 Albuquerque City Council seat. The race heated up after accusations that special interest dollars were being funneled into campaigns.
According to KOB-TV, Benton won 61 percent of votes while Meyers trailed with 39 percent.
RNC Hires Hispanic Director For NM - Associated Press
As part of its ongoing effort to woo more Latinos, the Republican National Committee is building a permanent ground operation in New Mexico.
The RNC, along with the Republican Party of New Mexico, says it has hired Jose Orozco as New Mexico Hispanic Engagement Director. Orozco's job, the GOP says, will be to "work in partnership with the RNC to ensure a year-round presence in Hispanic neighborhoods" in advance of next year's gubernatorial and congressional elections.
Albuquerque will hold its municipal election today, October 8th. On the line are the Mayor's office, several seats on the City Council, and millions of dollars of City-issued general obligation bonds.
The Mayor's Office
Incumbent Mayor Richard Berry (R) will be at the top of the ballot. Berry was chosen at random to head the list of candidates in the 2013 municipal election. Paul Heh (R) and Pete Dinelli (D) are also after the Mayor’s job.
Protesters picketed on Sunday at a busy Albuquerque intersection. They called for more resources to increased safety on city buses.
Union drivers with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) said they want to raise public awareness of the safety issues on ABQ Ride buses and that they want safer working conditions.
Driver Diane Avalos said after three years on the job she that dealing with unruly passengers is just a small part of her everyday routine.
Commission To Select NM Chief Public Defender - Associated Press
An 11-member commission is preparing to select the state's chief public defender, who administers a newly independent agency providing legal representation to criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer.
The commission meets Tuesday in Albuquerque to interview five semi-finalists and must make a selection by Oct. 15.
Since the early 1970s, hot air balloons have taken to the skies en mass at this time of year in Albuquerque. Tom Garrity, with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, said the local tradition goes back much further.
"Ballooning has actually been taking place in New Mexico since the late 1800s," he said, "with gas balloons."
There’s some good news for low-income families in New Mexico. The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program will not be withholding services during the federal government shutdown.
Matt Kennicott, Director of External Affairs for The New Mexico Human Services Department said, “We’ll have to see what happens with the federal government, we’re definitely monitoring it very closely, but we have enough funding to last us through the end of the year.”
NM Not Offering Aid To Reopen Federal Parks - Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez's administration isn't considering offering state money to try to reopen popular tourism stops in the national park system closed because of the federal government shutdown.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said in a statement that national parks are a federal responsibility and the failure "to perform even basic functions like funding government operations is a sign of the terrible dysfunction and inability to work together in Washington."
The World Friendship Center was founded 48 years ago to work toward world peace and to eliminate nuclear weapons. The center sends Peace Ambassador teams to tell stories of survival, hope and rebuilding of Hiroshima, Japan, after the atomic bombing of that city in 1945. A delegation is in New Mexico this week. Peace Talks Radio producer Paul Ingles sat down with a survivor of the Hiroshima blast, one of the center's Peace Ambassadors.